Executive members save an additional 20
percent on high-security checks over Gold
Star member pricing. On average, members
save 50 percent over typical bank prices.
Checks can easily be ordered online at
costcochecks.com or over the phone at
BY HANA MEDINA
WITH THE holiday shopping season upon
us, you’re likely in the midst of developing
your gift-giving strategy. Unfortunately,
you’re not the only one making plans. The
holiday season is prime time for hackers
and identity thieves, who often target consumers who use cash or payment cards to
make their purchases. While these methods may be convenient, they can come with
unintended consequences since there is
always a chance of getting your pocket
picked, leaving your wallet behind or dropping cash from your pocket or purse. One
way to help protect your payment method
and your identity during this busy time is to
use high-security checks.
Checks don’t clear immediately, so you
can put a stop payment on one that’s been
lost or stolen, while a canceled debit or
credit card may be a bigger hassle to
replace. Plus, it often takes time to restore
accounts after fraudulent transactions.
The good news: Costco members can
get checks with enhanced security features
from Harland Clarke. Available for both
business and personal accounts, high-security checks come with ;; security measures, which make them nearly impossible
“While all checks purchased through
High-security checks protect payments
Costco come with state-of-the-art
fraud-prevention features, the enhanced-
security laser checks help guard against
check fraud and identity theft with the
addition of a ;-D hologram medallion,”
says John Ashe, senior market segment
manager for Harland Clarke, Costco’s
check supplier. “These features are very
difficult to reproduce with conventional
printers and copiers.”
Ashe says added levels of security
include thermochromic ink, which disap-
pears when heat is applied and reappears
once cooled, and toner adhesion, which
ensures that toner and ink from your
printer or pen cannot be removed or lifted
from the paper. Additional features
include chemically reactive paper, a pris-
HELP PROTECT YOURSELF from identity
theft this holiday season and all year
round with Complete ID, a premium service provided by Experian. For an exclusive low price for Costco members,
Complete ID helps monitor your credit
and identity, alerts you to key changes
and helps you recover if your personal
information is compromised.
Complete ID features include:
• Bank account and credit card
• Optional child ID monitoring (for an
• 24/7 ID restoration support.
• ID theft insurance.
• Internet surveillance.
• Lost-wallet replacement assistance.
• Social Security number monitoring.
For Executive members, Complete ID
starts at just $8.99 per person per month,
and Child Monitoring starts at $2.99 per
month. A special offer is available now
until December 31, with enrollment in
Complete ID. Go to completeid.com for
important terms, limitations, and to sign
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Give yourself one less thing to worry
about this holiday season. Make it more
difficult for criminals to get their hands on
your hard-earned money. C